Friday, 11 April 2014

William and Kate go Head to Head on the Waters of Auckland

Day 5 of the royal tour was certainly a memorable one.


The most fun engagement of the tour thus far took place today as William and Kate competed in boat races.


Following a engagement with RNZAF famlies, William and Kate travelled into the city centre, arriving at the headquarters of Emirates Team New Zealand. New Zealand is proud of its achievements in the Americas Cup, where the team won back to back races in 1995 and 2000, to become the first team from outside the United States to win and defend the Americas Cup. Their success had led to New Zealand becoming a world leader in racing yacht design and manufacture.


There was plenty of friendly rivalry as the first race got underway.


Royal reporter Emily Andrews shared a photo from the race.

Emily Andrews Twitter Feed

Locals at Auckland Harbour supported their favourite royal. Team Will or Team Kate!

David Wilkinson Twitter Feed

They competed in two races, in both of which the Duchess was victorious. She gave William a cheeky victory salute as she sailed past him.


The event was reminiscent of the Dragon Boat Race the couple participated in during the Canada tour in 2011.


Kate, who follows race sailing keenly, is a huge admirer of New Zealand's sailing achievements, according to Kensington Palace, so this was the perfect occasion to celebrate a brilliant national pastime.


After the race, Kate greeted William on dry land and said, "I'm sorry", however, onlookers said she looked quite pleased. William replied, "We were sabotaged".

Governor-Geenral of New Zealand

Kate did an impromptu meet and greet with kids at the marina.

Governor-General of New Zealand

William and Kate posed with members of the crew.

Woolf/Crown

Before the races, William and Kate met locals at the harbour much to the delight of a group of little girls. Chivalrous William held the umbrella over his wife.

Woolf/Crown

Whilst talking to the crowds, Kate discussed motherhood and William met parents who think their daughters who make a good match for Prince George.

Rebecca English Twitter Feed

One of our readers Andrea had the opportunity to see the royal couple today. She kindly told me "They are both very charming, Kate is absolutely beautiful and so tall". With thanks to Andrea for sharing her extraordinary experience and photo.

Andrea

After Their Royal Highnesses returned to shore, they went straight out into the harbour again, this time on an ingenious New Zealand invention called 'Sealegs'.


Sealegs is, as the name suggests, a boat that can be driven from dry land into water and back out again. The Sealegs craft took William and Kate to Westpark Marina, where they returned to the air force base and took a flight back to Wellington.


The couple were delighted to receive a mini Sealegs for Prince George.

Governor-General of New Zealand

It was very much the type of day William and Kate appear to enjoy most. I think they had an excellent time and plenty of fun.


Kate had a great time and chose a casual but stylish outfit.

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As we shared earlier,The Duchess sported a military style blazer by Zara. The navy blue Double Breasted Jacket retails for £80.

ZARA

The Duchess wore a Breton Top by London based brand Me + Em. The £48 lyocell cotton top features a scoop neckline, 3/4 length sleeves and ruched detailing to the bottom hem.

Me +Em
A pair of Zara skinny jeans.

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For the boat race, Kate changed from her Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon Wedges to her comfy Sebago 'Bala' Boat Shoes. They're available in a number of sizes at Nordstrom and 6 p.m.

Bala

The Duchess wore her Cartier Watch.

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Kate completed the look with her Kiki McDonough Grace earrings, Rayban sunglasses and a baseball cap.


One of our readers Blair kindly shared news that William and Kate wore the New Zealand Fern Cap. The black cotton cap with embroidered logo is available for $18 at New Zealand Souvenirs.

New Zealand Souvenirs

There's an excellent video Here with plenty of cute moments towards the end.


You can watch more videos Here and 3 News have stellar video coverage!


Tomorrow's schedule for the royals is as follows:

  • The Duke and Duchess begin the day with separate engagements in the town of Hamilton, located in the country's Waikato region. William will visit Pacific Aerospace while Kate spends time at children's hospice, Rainbow Place.
  • The couple will then, appropriately, travel to Cambridge. Their first stop will be at the Cambridge memorial where they will pay their respects and enjoy the town's local district.
  • William and Kate will travel to the town's brand new velodrome, officially open the facility and meet some of New Zealand's Olympic medallists before viewing a BMX exhibit.
We'll see you tomorrow. Thank you for reading and all your comments! It should be another great day! :)

92 comments:

  1. This was such a fun event! Thanks Charlotte for covering everything and covering it so well!

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  2. KJ (Dallas, TX)11 April 2014 at 04:49

    How fun! The jeans I didn't like before are perfectly fine here!

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  3. Kate looks gorgeous and so happy and relaxed. I love to see her like this!

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  4. I love the hat that she is wearing. Where can one be found?

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    1. bluhare in Washington State11 April 2014 at 18:33

      I like it too. I wear those hats all the time and I'd buy one!

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  5. Does anyone know what style of Ray Bans she is wearing?

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    1. I think they are Ray-Ban Folding Classics. Color: dark tortoise. There is a round bulge in her back pocket when she is on the boat and that is probably the case.

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  6. Outstanding work, Charlotte! You're practically live-journaling now. What is it, 4-something-a.m. where you are?!

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  7. Great fast post!
    They look so happy and carefree!! I love the pic of her shrugging like " yeah I won, so what?!"
    What a fun day for the two of them!

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    1. That's my favourite!

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  9. Really liked the outfit!! Looking forward to tomorrow in Cambridge. I can't decide if I will go to the airport or join the thousands of others in Cambridge.
    It looks like they had a nice relaxed visit to Auckland today. I liked what she wore, casual yet smart too.
    Throughly enjoying the posts on this blog, they are a lot more indepth than what is on the the newspaper websites.
    I saw an article today that I thought would be a bit of a laugh to share: http://www.listener.co.nz/commentary/the-internaut/royals-in-nz-the-oddest-press-coverage-so-far/
    Louise

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  10. Take off the blazer, switch to boat shoes. Don life jacket, cap with pony tail, and sun glasses. And it's the perfect outfit for boating. Maybe the air force base did not need to ask its ladies to dress up. I did not realize Kate is into sailing. Does she sail in Britain or off Mustique? Or is she more a fan of sailing teams? I guess if f she sailed, she probably would not wear her boat shoes on land as she sometimes does. They pick up little pebbles to scratch wooden decks, and with wear become less resistant to skidding on wet surfaces.

    It's interesting that the trip is alternating serious days with fun and relaxing ones. And evenings out with evenings in that his parents can spend with Prince George. I continue to be impressed with the planning.

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  11. I love the pictures of Kate after the race. She looks so happy which just makes her more gorgeous if that's possible. Love the picture of her on the Sealegs. It looks like she is giving a thumbs up.

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  12. Sarah from Calif.11 April 2014 at 05:37

    I love the satisfied smile of winning! Cute.
    Lovely day :)

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  13. Sydney Kate Fan11 April 2014 at 05:52

    See, THIS is perfect!! Wonderfully fitting for the occasion and much better on the style front. The all navy block has been broken up and she isn't wearing those dreadful wedges, which I didn't think suited the J Brand jeans at all. In general, I find that skinny jeans look so much more chic when paired with a ballet flat than with anything else (when seeing the previous set of photos, I had wondered why she didn't do red/grey/beige suede ballet flats if she was going for a smart-casual look), so I love that she went with the boat shoes for the race - it was a great choice!! Thanks again, Charlotte, for a wonderful post.

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  14. I am an American, so I admit upfront that I don't know proper Royal
    protocol. However, it seems that for some of you nothing Kate does
    or wears is right. Isn't it enough pressure being a member of the Royal
    family? I can't imagine having everything that you wear or the length
    of your hair so heavily scrutinized.

    The people who often comment on this blog seem to want her to be a
    combination of Diana and the Queen. Why can't you just let her be
    herself? As an outsider, I don't think that she has done anything to
    embarrass the U.K. at all.

    Btw, I don't see Diana or HM doing what Kate did today. It looked like
    a lot of fun.

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    1. I live in the UK and I'm a Royalist, but many people in the UK are not and would like to do away with the Monarchy, as many other countries have already done. This is why there is much pressure on the younger Royals. They need to appeal to the younger generation and justify their spending of public funds. This means more appearances, and more involvement with charity work. Less luxurious trips and more hard work - in order to sympathize with the many people their age who cannot afford their lifestyle (remember, London, where they live, is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Lot's of people their age are struggling financially) They need to be sensitive to all this if they want the Monarchy to still be around once it's their time to become King and Queen.

      And yes, this means a flawless image. Skirts flying, hair twirling, skinny jeans to greet fans - all this is unprofessional and does not showcase the Royal family in a positive light.Being a Royal is a job and, like all jobs, you can't truly be yourself. For example, I work in a professional environment and have to wear professional clothes everyday, even though my true self would love to wear skinny jeans and trendy clothes.

      One day, we readers would love to see Will and Catherine as King and Queen but, keep in mind, a lot of people in the UK do not.

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    2. I'm an American too, and I think it's just natural to comment or scrutinize people in the public eye. We do it all of time with Michelle Obama or celebrities. I don't think it's done in a malicious way, but just stating your personal preference.

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    3. SO very well said! I totally agree- I am also an American- a very proud American, I have always enjoyed reading about all of the Royals- and these two are my absolute favorites. I can not begin to imagine what life is like in a fishbowl-such as theirs is. Yet they show total and complete grace no matter what is said. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. In hindsight, some of the sniping about the suitability of sartorial choices for the first event today seems a little off. Since we readers don't know at the first post that the Prince and the Duchess will not change clothes before sailing, but merely swap shoes, don hats and throw on life jackets, the choices are nothing but sensible. It's not a matter of THIS choice is occasion perfect and THAT one is not on the style front, but pragmatic logistics on a very long tour. (Maybe it's not about fashion. Maybe we ought to keep that in mind.)

    I love how they manage to have fun--the kind that can't be faked--during what would drive most people crazy: trotting around from one place to the next shaking hands and being put on display with hundreds of photo lenses on them at all times.

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    1. Exactly. I think the duchess was keeping both events in mind but not wanting the fuss of having to do a complete wardrobe change.

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  16. That seemed like a fun day for our favourites royals! Perfect outfits, probably there was no time to change, hence the choice earlier. I guess there is "method in the madness" and we just have to wait and see before judging and scrutinising every detail. Anon 0619 I agree. Let Catherine be Catherine! Let these two royals that someone called "the dream team" be who they want to be. Great post as always Charlotte! So much fun for us all seeing them DAILY. Wow, I can't keep up haha

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  17. Looks like the Cambridges had a great day at work! Said hi to some people who actually work and then went sailing and boating. And their baby got his own personal water craft! Just like everyone else with jobs!

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    1. And you read this blog because...?

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    2. Hey Moxie- why not head over to the DM and comment? On this blog I would guess we are all FANS of the Royal couple. Not only are you unfair to us who are fans, you are totally unfair to our very hardworking Charolotte-

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    3. bluhare in Washington State11 April 2014 at 18:34

      Same reason you do. Information.

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    4. Hey Pauline, come on back. Your friends are all here.

      And the rest of us are gone. Enjoy.

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    5. Look again, bluhare. There is still plenty of the rest of you still here. Need to keep the scales balanced, but kindly and with humor. Like you do.

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  18. Hey Charlotte I just tweeted you. These are the hats W&K wore on the boat race.
    http://www.newzealandsouvenirs.com/index.php/hats-scarves-wraps-1/new-zealand-fern-cap.html

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    1. I was just about to look for the hats. Thank you so much Blair!

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    2. You're very welcome. You're already doing so much following this tour. Anything I can do to make your job easier. :)

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    3. I actually went to go order it. The cap is $18 and to ship it to me was another $15. I'm cheap these days, plus have a ton of caps like it so I said no. But the point is they are still available!

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  19. I'm very grateful Blair, I had received a couple of emails about it from readers hoping to purchase it. We've seen the Fern incorporate in so many ways thus far!

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  20. Speaking of emails, I will be getting back to everyone who has so kindly been in touch over the next couple of days :)

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    1. I like the new masthead Just noticed the kiwi...so cute.

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  21. Mini Sealegs for Prince George, wow lovely present! Very generous! How do they get it back to Britain I wonder? Does it deflate?

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    1. that's what everyone was saying that was there! i heard one woman who was standing next to me say to her friend 'that's not going to fit in their carry-on luggage'

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  22. I loved the look in the previous post but like it even better now. It's very suitable for the situation and she looks comfortable in it. My favourite look of the tour so far.

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  23. i love this page
    great picture

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  24. No, but I have a feeling Catherine and William will.

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    1. Eri 07:39 This remark was supposed to follow Florence's 07:11 " does it deflate?"

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    2. Erin, what are you suggesting?

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    3. Florence, I think they will be going on hot air by then. This tour is gruelling.

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  25. Jean from Lancs11 April 2014 at 07:48

    Fun day for William and Catherine, but seriously drawing the world's attention to New Zealand's successes in the America's cup and in boat building.
    If I remember correctly Catherine crewed on a yacht in the Solent during her gap year.
    Difficult day for clothes--but managed it very well in my opinion.

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  26. Eve from Germany11 April 2014 at 07:59

    Great to see them both having fun! I loved Kate´s and William´s interaction during and after the race! You could see how Kate loved it - and William really had some trouble hiding his "annoyance" haha! The outfit was perfect for the occasion and I keep repeating myself, but I just LOVE how happy and relaxed Kate looks each and every time we see her "down under".... Once again, though, my first thought while watching all the pictures was "Oh my gosh, how thin she is!" Even the skinny jeans she´s wearing are somehow still very "loose"... I don´t mean to criticise, but it´s a strong message she´s sending - and she´s obviously a role model for many girls and women.....

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  27. That looked such fun. Kate showing NZ her casual style. By the way love your new banner headline.
    Thank you
    Donna

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  28. I really like the NZ sailor wear.(2nd picture) The t-shirts & shorts in the black, with white livery are really cool. I could just see myself in that kinda gear, with a pair of Adidas trainers, and rucksack for the summer holidays. This year I'm going to the Isle of Wight...

    NZ is such a nice place. Healthy outdoor lifestyle. The Cambridges should build a summer palace there, as their northern hemisphere base.

    Thanks lady Charlotte. luv the new logo..

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  29. Silvia from Portugal :))))11 April 2014 at 10:06

    I fell so warmly happy :)))) They are royalty but they are human above all :))) So wonderful to wacth them being happy :)))) Looking foward to tomorrow already :)))) Wonderful work once again Charlotte :))))

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  30. Jean from Lancs11 April 2014 at 10:10

    I think some people miss the point of these overseas tours to countries of which the Queen is also head of state.
    It is not a few weeks of dressing up to please the fashionistas, but getting to know the people and the people to know them.
    They are also planned to show the country they are visiting to its best advantage and publicize its achievements.

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  31. Hello Everyone!

    I got to see William and Kate in person today! Honestly, Kate is even more beautiful in person and I am still trying to get over that I actually saw her??? I went to Westpark Marina in Hobsonville instead of Auckland's Viaduct Harbour because I knew it wouldn't be as crowded because there wasn't a planned meet and greet there, but they ended up doing a small impromptu one and I got a good view even though they didn't come quite far enough down for me to to talk to them myself.

    I took a lot of photos, and if anyone is interested in a behind the scenes look at a royal appearance and some new pictures of Kate and William you can see them here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sonsofdurin/

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    1. How exciting, Silvereyed!! You were definitely in the right place at the right time! :o)

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    2. Silvereyed, that's so exciting!

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    3. Great pictures Silvereyed - thanks for sharing!!
      I am glad you got the front row seat - well done girl! ; )

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  32. Sarah from Calif.11 April 2014 at 11:31

    I'm still staring at the pics of George. Crazy obsession.......
    And I think I'm going to get a pair of those boat shoes :)

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  33. LOVE LOVE LOVE the new banner, Charlotte!!
    This is so exciting, and you are preposterously efficient!
    I love all of these (relatively) affordable clothes she's wearing-it makes me think I have a chance at looking like her!

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  34. kate needs to stop wearing skinny jeans, she looks soo thin and frail

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  35. I thought Kate's outfit was very nautical and appropriate. The only thing I didn't love were the super high wedges with the skinny jeans. I think it would have looked better with one of her Pied a Terre wedges which are not so high. I have no problem with the jeans considering the event. A pair of dressier pants would have been silly on the boat and since they did not have time to change, jeans made the most sense in my opinion.

    Lisa in New Jersey

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  36. She looks great, you can't deny that. But come on, this same look again?! Kate, you're on the world stage, everyone is watching, let's step it up a bit, get in the game!! We've seen this look so many times. A different blazer or shirt might have been nice. And the hair, maybe a bun or a messy french twist--come on, give us something new, something fresh!

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    1. Maybe she doesn't think it is that important, which frankly it isn't. I think it is wonderful that she goes her own way. Always nice, always appropriate and her best accessory, a beautiful smile on her face.
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    2. Maybe she just wanted to be at the same level as her husband: they had to be in competition and it wasn't nice to stole the spotlight also with the outfits. In fact, she was the winner in the race!

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  37. Thank you for sharing these wonderful moments!!

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  38. It's the Zara jacket I saw at store...As much as I like it, I didn't expect she would have bought it...this is too similar to the other double breasted blazer she owns by Pucci(???) which she wore during the Olympics...but since I myself do this all the time, buying same style in multiple, I guess I won't blame her...I love the details on the back...

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  39. A huge thank you, Charlotte. You great posts almost " live" make my day. I love your smart comments too. Very well done!
    Claude

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  40. What a great post! It looks like they really enjoyed themselves. Love seeing Kate's style transition from land to water and adore the Ray-Ban glasses. Any confirmation on the specific model? They look somewhat similar to http://www.ray-ban.com/usa/sunglasses/RB2140%20unisex%202-original%20wayfarer%20classic-tortoise/805289126638.

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    1. They're thought to be the Folding Glasses!

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  41. At a computer that will send my posts at last! This is the Will and Kate that have been missing (in public) for so long! I know they can't always be as affectionate as this during engagements, but I get tired of seeing them looking so staid back in the UK. So very refreshing!

    I think Kate looks great here! The top was completely appropriate for the venue - more so than other times she's worn the look - and the blazer looked nice. Would I have liked to see her in slim twill pants (maybe colored a la Paul Harrison) and different wedges? Sure. Did I like Will's blue shirt together with the green pants? No. But, this is one event where what they were actually doing and how they were interacting with well-wishers eclipsed anything about how they were dressed.

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  42. I am LOVING how quickly these posts are up! I am in Phx, AZ so the first thing I do in the morning is check this blog. After reading all of the various comments, I have to put in my two cents! When I first saw the all-navy outfit, I actually kind of liked it... however, once I read everyone's comments and then looked back at the pictures with the moms and daughters, I have to agree that the jeans she wears to grocery shop are just not a right fit for this occasion. (My husband says that if we all know what she wears to the grocery store, then we know too much already!) Someone already posted that it would have been great with a skirt, and I completely agree. So cute. The boating event was really Kate as Kate. She is so down-to-earth and carefree - you get the feeling that's who she really is. The Packham dress hem was too long - first thing I noticed. However, I'm wondering something. Kate is a mom now, and taking on more responsibilities as a royal. Could it be that she is still trying to find a more mature style without compromising her personality? The hem too long, the jeans not right... I think she is a woman in transition. It may take some time. As for the wind blowing up her skirt - haven't we all been there? We just don't have a camera to capture the moment and magnify it for the world to see. She had her baby in her hand's for goodness sake's! Anyway, love the blog. Hope that Kate can balance a more mature/royal look with her youthful grace. I miss all her lovely dresses and coats from late in her pregnancy! That's all!

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  43. They are so cute together! I just saw a clip of Catherine taunting William for her win and they are holding hands!

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  44. Mrs. Thompson in Chicago11 April 2014 at 16:22

    I'm not a super fan of the outfit, but there's no denying Kate's sparkle. Just seeing her smile and laugh, and you know why William fell in love with her. Lovely to see those two interact together.

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  45. In some pictures Kate has something above her left eyebrow. A bruise? It can be easily seen in the photo she stepping off the plane.

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  46. She looked so beautiful at the Dragon Boat Race.

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  47. It was such a fun engagement, I've added a very special photo to the top of the post :)

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    1. So glad you were able to get that photo for us. I'd say the republicans have their work cut out for them, with such a. charismatic couple representing the monarchy.

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  48. Caroline in Montana11 April 2014 at 19:44

    Ok, took all morning but I'm finally caught up! I loved the JP dress and thought the embroidery was the perfect touch. I even like the red getting if the plane ensemble but agree the hat would have been a better place for the broach with all those buttons. I especially liked the plunket play date dress, the fringe, I thought, was very pretty. All in all I give her an A+. There is obviously so much planning that goes into the whole tour. My only thing "bad" would be those skinny jeans, I am in my late 30's and missed that fashion trend, I also don't understand yoga pants!! But they were appropriate on the boat, would be interesting to see her in a looser pair of slacks or some skinny boot cut jeans. Someone brought up Williams clothes, I must admit to not looking at him so close, but after the comments I had to take a closer look, agree he needs some charcoal or grey suits and lower his pant legs, got that high tide look going. Great to see them together and looking so happy! Goes w/o saying PG is adorable;) thanks lady Charlotte for all your hard work, you are the master!!!! Looking forward to the next post!

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  49. Charlotte great post. I love seeing them having fun and being happy. I know for most of us this would be a vacation of a lifetime. That being said this trip is work for them and a day where work is actually fun is not a bad thing for any human on the planet. Over all I think they do very well with planning things that are both really royal and that they can be passionate about. Being perfect all the time is not possible and is a matter of opinion anyway. I do love this board for being able to share those opinions. I liked Kate's outfit. I liked her hair up on the boats best. I didn't love Will's choices, but he was only half in blue for once. Lets just hope Kate teaches Prince George how to dress!

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  50. Off topic: No one else is saying it, so I will. Those Kiwis helping Kate on the yacht were freaking GORGEOUS. If they are any example of what NZ has to offer, book me passage now!!!! OK, too young. One can dream.
    Sorry, Charlotte. Will understand if you don't publish that.

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  51. These photos are so great- at both engagements today they both seemed to be having a lot of fun and it really shows. Kate seems so much more at ease at these casual events and I think that says nice things about her personality. Of course they can't interact this way at a formal event, but it's just fun to catch a glimpse at their interactions together and with others in a more relaxed environment. Perhaps that's why this trip is heavy on the more casual engagements?
    I'm not a fan of the skinny jeans myself, but I think she looked perfectly appropriate at both events. I think in the past she has had more successful iterations of this look (something about the fit of the blazer seems off to me). Like a few commenters mentioned above, the average person wouldn't necessarily recognize this look as much as we followers of Kate fashion do. :) Primarily, I have so enjoyed learning a bit more about the culture in NZ through the various engagements they have had thus far and of course, isn't that the point here?
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    1. I agree! They seem like a happy, loving couple and that's not always been the case in the Royal Family. I don't care for the high wedges with the jeans, prefer a flat shoe, but otherwise, it's a typical Kate casual look, very nice. So glad we had our own on-site correspondent today. I know William was gritting his teeth when his wife showed him up. Does a prince good.

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    2. Looking ahead, I wonder about the ramifications if MH370 is found the day of C&W's arrival in Australia? It is a very interesting thought to me.

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    3. Why? I'm not arguing but I'm not sure why it would matter. They wouldn't be involved with it and the news outlets that have been covering the tour also have been covering MH370. The royal reporters wouldn't divert to cover the event and the news outlets already have reporters at the bases near Perth where the search flights are based.
      I know WE are following the royal tour but I think it would probably shock all of us at how many people around the world don't know or care that Will and Kate are touring Down Under.
      For the sake of the 239 families who have been in agony for over a month now, I do hope the plane is found soon.

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    4. Why? I just hope the finding isn't used as political fodder in the current political climate in Aus.
      I can't get my own family in NSW interested in the royal tour, even though one is a royalist, so
      I understand what you say about tthe intense interest we show the tour isn't the whole world's opinion;, but judging from the NZ crowds, I think some could be concerned and hoping to counteract the publicity W&C are attracting. I can certainly see headlines of the tour going to the bottom of the page. I am also saying the simultaneous " mission accomplshed" headline with the months ago planned tour would be quite a coincidence.
      Elizabeth, I appreciated so much your input. You gave me some needed perspective on my thoughts.
      It is a nightmarish, horrible, unimaginable awful situation that was so badly handled. The agony of the families deserves more respect than use as a political football.
      I do disagree that the Cambridges wouldn't be involved with it. I don't see how they could ignore it. I think it could significantly affect their plans.

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  52. Jane from New England11 April 2014 at 23:45

    I thought this was a hoot! If you recall William won the Prince Edward Island races, and it's so cool she beat him this time. It reminds me of our family. We have Looooong memories when it comes to winning!! All in good fun but fierce rivalry. I see that with them. I think it's great -- and healthy!! They were having a ball. She's good on the water! Really good!! A wonderful day, and great coverage. Thanks for the blog post!

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  53. Wanted to add this earlier but I didn't have time. I hope it gets posted.
    For those who criticize those of us who criticize Will and Kate for their lack of work and engagements, this day is why we wish Will and Kate would get with the royal program and take up their full time royal duties - because they are SO good at it when they DO decide to do something!!
    Now, I know we didn't know a lot of what went on behind the scenes, sadly, with Charles and Diana and that they both, at least for most of their marriage, made an excellent show of putting on a happy face for the public.
    So Will and Kate may be doing the same but I have to believe that some of this joy is genuine. You can fake it a bit but so many of their gestures and facial expressions and actions are so spontaneous that it seems impossible that they're only putting on a good show for the cameras but, instead, that their love for each other is genuine.
    Kate is friendly and spontaneous, she seems to genuinely enjoy meeting people, especially younger people and children. William, not so much but he does give it a good go, most of the time, at least.
    They're just good together at public engagements and especially more informal style engagements where everything isn't scripted and scheduled down to the last second, as this day's impromptu meet-and-greets didn't seem to be.
    They're just so good at this and such a terrific asset to the royal family that it's a shame that they don't want to seem to take on full-time royal duties.
    William, more and more and especially more as I hear him give speeches, reminds me so much of his mother, very shy and hesitant as Diana was at the first, so hopefully, with Catherine's support and, one would hope, that of his father and grandmother, he will grow into his royal role as Diana did. And hopefully soon, since his mother had been a working royal for a decade when she was the age he is now.
    But this day illustrates, as few others have, that Will and Kate are very good at public engagements and really, really need to take up more of a public role once they get back to the UK.
    When they're not acting like spoiled rich kids who couldn't care less how the little people are faring, they're actually quite likeable and, as this day's events showed, capable of carrying out a number of engagements.
    After this tour, with as busy and varied as the tour is, combined with the fact that they managed to leave George, first to go to the Maldives and now on a day to day basis for this tour, it's going to be hard to make the case for why they're NOT working as full-time royals in the UK.

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    1. Appreciate your comments. I do think we really, really don't know all the whats and whys of what was going on with W&C while the Queen was holed up at Sandringham And she has certsinly earned it, but also has done so since she was the Cambridges age. I believe Kate actually was out of sight for a few weeks. She could have been ill. I certainly don't want to dredge up all the controversy; but since you brought it up, however graciously,
      we just can't arbitrarily decide that it is William's plan to goof-off Maybe the reason they have the energy , joy, and enthusiasm we see now is precisely because they were wise enough to build their reserves. I just can't imagine their continuing this pace for 2 more weeks. But I hope they do.

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    2. Hey, I am a full-time mental health nursing student, who also did a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology prior, while working (either as a waitress or as a mental healthcare worker) the entire time. Between two degrees, I will have managed my time well and worked hard consistently for 9 years. Not including how hard I worked in secondary school prior.

      I don't understand why what Kate and Wills do, is considered so so gruelling. I WILL say they have been doing well on this tour, they are great with the people and dignitaries. I have enjoyed coming to this blog for updates.
      But... I have no ask a non mouse, and I mean this kindly! Not rudely. But, what do you mean, you can't imagine their continuing this pace for 2 more weeks?

      Hmm. I suppose I just disagree when it comes to their work ethic. Less senior royals perform more duties per annual year than they do. There is a reason people are upset.

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    3. bluhare, if you're reading this, you still have friends here. We miss you and hope you come back.

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    4. Stephanie- Enjoyed your comment. I
      have worked hard and managed well for over 50 years. ( yes, I'm the one with the flab gap).
      I also have two professional degrees. After 20 years in two professional careers, I returned as a recently single, middleaged mother of multiple children for a second degree and third career. I had scholarships, as well as working three jobs, while carrying a full college load. I taught at a private school several hours daily after my classes- they nicely allowed my children to be with me- they could get off the bus right there-; I worked in a nursing home evenings on weekends, and babysat a little girl for a neighbor who worked the 11p-7a shift. I managed close to a 4.0 gpa. I worked 30 years as staff and management with a salary much higher than I made as a teacher. I also have a number of post-graduate credits with a grand total of nearly 200 college hours.
      So, I have some formal education -not enough, but some , and some valuable life/work experience. I literally wore myself out and set an example that my children seem to think they need to follow.
      Hopefully. with all this TMI, you will understand when I say I worry the Cambridges will wear themselves out, with trying to fulfill everyone's expectations, as well as their own.
      I very much liked the comment from Sam London 11-4@ 00:27' He said it better than I did.
      I see your viewpoint, if you are indeed one of those upset; but I think maybe we could understand from their (I assume) perspective, too.
      Marg

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  54. In response as to why they are not full time working Royals, isn't that up
    to the Queen and perhaps Charles? Maybe Charles is not ready for that??

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  55. Laurie - North Carolina12 April 2014 at 20:35

    That video was awesome!! As several people have stated...Will and Kate are truly at their best when they're taking part in these casual and fun engagements. The are so cute together...I love that competitive spirit they seem to have with one another, and her good natured ribbing of him after her victory. You can tell that they have fun together and that not only are they in love with one another, they truly LIKE one another and genuinely enjoy spending times like this together. I feel the same about my hubby. Not only am I still deeply in love with him...he's also my very best friend, soul mate, and "partner in crime" :-) Looks like Will and Kate feel the same. Good for them!!

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  56. Well said, Laurie. You are so right. I'm happy for you! :-)

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